Meet the Cardrona Parks Squad ski coaches! The team is internationally flavoured, highly-qualified & includes some of New Zealand’s best freeski coaches.
Peter grew up in Poprad, Slovakia but has called Wanaka home for a long time now & considers himself a Kiwi. He is stoked whenever snow is falling & his dream skiing destination is Alaska. Pete is inspired by anyone who gives it 100% & his most memorable mountain moment is the Kaumatua opening the season at Cardrona last year.
Pete was a professional mogul skier back in the day, but made the move into freeski coaching as the sport exploded in popularity. Pete has coached a large number of New Zealand athletes to the top of the sport who have become known on the international freeski stage. He has coached a few of the current HPC Parks Squad coaches & continues to work with high performance athletes as well as younger developing athletes. He has his Masters in Physical Education from the University of Commenius Bratislava, Slovakia. His countless seasons coaching freeskiing & his own personal competitive history make him an invaluable member of the HPC team. Pete loves coaching because he’s stoked to see athletes progress & he thinks a holistic approach to athlete development is of utmost importance.
Thanks to: Cardrona for providing world-class training facilities year in & year out. Thanks to Atomic for making rad skis & Oyuki for keeping me snug.
Born and raised on the ski slopes of hearty New Hampshire, Greg has been coaching skiing for over 30 years. Greg is a former US ski team mogul skier and had a successful professional ski career on the US Pro Mogul Tour, the US Big Mountain Tour (formally Extreme Skiing) and as a stunt skier for multiple Warren Miller Movies and Powder Magazine. Greg spent 15 years as the Head Mogul coach for the Squaw Valley Freestyle Team where he was instrumental in turning young regional competitors into elite athletes for the US Ski Team. While coaching at Squaw Valley, Greg was recruited to coach the New Zealand Mogul Team at Mt. Hutt during his North America summers. Greg's experience in New Zealand ultimately led to the establishment of his own private ski camps for US and Japanese skiers at Treble Cone, which he ran for over 10 years.
Greg joined the Park and Pipe coaching staff at Cadrona 10 years ago when his two boys, Luca and Ben were old enough to join the program and he has not looked back since! Greg's love for skiing is legendary and the wealth of coaching experience he brings to Cardrona keeps him right in tune with all our athletes, young and old!
Watch out for Greg on the mountain. If you see a Parks Squad coach ripping down the mountain with a cohort of youngsters trying to keep up ---that is Greg.
Kendall grew up & learned to ski in Wanaka & Cardrona. She started instructing & following winters in 2013, going on to coach Oakley women's progression sessions, Cardrona chicks in the park, GoSnow (Japan) freestyle clinics, & Cardrona Parks Squad. She has judged the NZ Junior Nationals for both halfpipe & slopestyle. She is a qualified ski instructor & freestyle coach, & a pizza enthusiast.
Dane grew up on a dairy farm in the Waikato. Pretty far away from any snow, he didn't get into skiing until about age 10, making weekend trips to Ruapehu with his family, following his older brother around the mountain. He now spends his Southern Hemisphere seasons in Wanaka, skiing at Cardrona, & his Northern Hemisphere seasons in Colorado, at Breckenridge & Keystone. He's travelled all over North America & a little in Europe while following the competition circuit.
The best days for Dane are spent riding the Cardrona rail line when no-one else is out, just lapping with a friend or two. He's inspired by skiers who are able to go out & enjoy themselves no matter the facilities or weather, just get creative & have fun, portraying a slightly more accessible image of skiing & the ski lifestyle. When he's not skiing he enjoys skating, surfing & being in the outdoors.
Dane loves skiing & wants to share his stoke with as many people as he can. He thinks enjoyment is the biggest factor in creating progression & likes to promote a low stress, encouraging environment for kids to learn.
Jussi's last name means ski boot in Finnish. He started skiing at the age of 7. In his early years he enjoyed a variety of snow sports. With a background of racing & snowboarding, Jussi focused more on freeskiing at the age of 18. A familiar face on the European skiing scene, he competed mostly in Slopestyle but his real passion was working on film crews. Jussi has been coaching last seven years & last two of those full time at Ruka Freeski Academy.